A Yoga Weekend for Women Aged 40 and Beyond

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The middle age is the age of wisdom. It is a shift — there’s no denying that. And with this shift brings the potential to create a vibrant and happy life, rich with purpose, which is true to who you are at this new stage and beyond.

Perhaps life events have thrown you off course, or you’ve reached this moment without having truly discovered your purpose? If so, this life-affirming workshop is for you!

Divorce, grief, children moving out, a stagnant career, health issues, or other external and internal circumstances can all provide the ideal environment for growth, opportunity and healing.

During this transformative retreat, you will:

  • Build strength, energy and stamina through daily yoga classes
  • Discover the science of yoga and mindfulness through workshops and discussion
  • Connect, in a sacred circle, with others who share the intention of being the best version of themselves
  • Gain insight into the meaning of this stage of life, and learn how to harness that meaning for your growth
  • Release what is no longer serving you, and set intentions for the future, through guided workshops and ceremonies
  • Learn invaluable tools including breathwork, meditation, yoga, and techniques for managing thoughts and emotions about aging

You will take home new healthy habits, actionable tools for embracing this new phase of your life, and steps to move forwards with positive direction; as well as new friends to support you along the way.

Open to women aged 40 and beyond with an interest in yoga and meditation.


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Sara Cain-da Cost, E-RYT 500 is a Health Coach and the owner of Synergy Yoga Rock Hill, SC. With nearly two decades of teaching experience, she is the creator and leader of a yoga teacher training program and has a dedicated personal yoga practice founded on her understanding of the power of yoga to heal. She has been growing bolder for 50+ years.

Aly Faber, CBP, CMP, E-RYT, YACEP has founded and operated numerous wellness programs which have helped to transform the lives of people within school systems, healthcare systems, physical and occupational therapy offices, professional athletic teams, and corporate executives. She empowers you to tap into the best version of yourself and maximize your physical and mental potential.

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.


Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.


Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.


Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.


Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.


Growing Bolder

Friday Night Arrival:
3:00 pm – Check in
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm-7:20 pm – Art of Living Center Mandatory Orientation
7:30 pm –  9:00 pm – Evening Session with Introductions, Creating Sacred Space, Restorative
Yoga Practice with Yoga Nidra

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast 
9:30 am-12:30 pm – Program Session: Heart Opening Vinyasa Yoga practice and Who Are You
Discussion: Self-Care Techniques (ideas for breathwork, yoga movements) 
12:30 pm-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm-3:30 pm – Program session: Releasing the Masks activity
3:30 pm-7:30 pm Free Time*
6:00 pm-7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm-8:15 pm – Kirtan: Meditative Chant *optional
8:30 pm-9:30 pm – Bonfire (weather permitting) Burning of the Masks

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast 
9:30 am-12:30 pm – Program Session: Chakra Balancing Yoga class
Discussion: The Science of Yoga & Mindfulness with Self Guided Exercises
12:30 pm-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm-3:30 pm – Program session: Identifying Your Gifts and Talents and Create a Vision
Statement for Your Life
3:30 pm-7:30 pm Free Time
6:00 pm-7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Evening session: Break Free

Monday Departure day:
8:00 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am -11:00 am – Program Session Yoga Soul Flow, Write Letter to Self, Revisit Intentions 
11:00 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!

Ayurveda Spa Appointments

We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.

Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt. Clay pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an appointment.

*If a spa appointment is made during a Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, guests may request a meal to be boxed for
pickup by asking spa reception.
***Please call the spa in advance to book spa treatments during your free time if you are interested. The
phone number is (828) 264-8382.

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The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.


Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)


The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Date & Time

Starts: Oct 11, 2019 03:00 PM

Ends: Oct 14, 2019 12:00 PM


Sara Cain-da Costa and Aly Faber


Program tuition: $225.00

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive lodging and meals.

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